Kelly Sherrill Linkous

Kelly Sherrill Linkous
Assistant Professor, Educational Administration
‭(571) 553-3772

Kelly Sherrill Linkous, Esq., J.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Administration (ELA) program. She serves as a co-director of the ELA program and as the doctoral program coordinator and adviser.

Dr. Sherrill Linkous’ legal research expertise includes special education law, First Amendment law, employment law, and other areas of law applicable and relevant to public schools. She is an Editorial Board member of the Education Law and Policy Review. She teaches School Law to MA, EdS, and post-master’s certificate students as well as doctoral-level courses on Leadership and Dissertation writing. She has chaired or is chairing over 45 dissertation studies.

Dr. Sherrill Linkous has received numerous teaching awards at GW. For seven consecutive years (2012-2018), Dr. Sherrill Linkous was one of fewer than 10 professors nominated for the university-wide Honey S. Nashman Faculty Member of the Award. Dr. Sherrill won the award in 2015. In 2012, Dr. Sherrill Linkous was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding GSEHD Faculty Award.

Dr. Sherrill Linkous obtained her J.D. from GW in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia in 2009. She maintains her license to practice law in Virginia and Georgia, and continues to provide pro bono legal representation for education law matters on a case-by-case basis. She is also an active member of the Education Law Association and the Council for Exceptional Children. Dr. Sherrill Linkous has served on the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School, which specializes in serving children with autism and severe emotional and behavioral disabilities.

Publications

Dayton, J., & Sherrill Linkous, K. (Jan. 2015). WASHINGTON, D. C. LAW SUPPLEMENT: EDUCATION LAW – PRINCIPLES, POLICIES, AND PRACTICE, Pub: Create Space. (in press)

Dayton, J., & Sherrill Linkous, K. (Jan. 2015). VIRGINIA LAW SUPPLEMENT: EDUCATION LAW – PRINCIPLES, POLICIES, AND PRACTICE, Pub: Create Space. (in press)

Sherrill Linkous, K. (expected Winter 2015). Mother, may I? No you may not! The constitutionality of parental consent requirements for student participation in extracurricular activities and clubs, forthcoming EDUC. LAW & POL’Y R. (in press)

Sherrill, K., & Reichhardt, W. (2013). Student Records: Legal Requirements You Need to Know, National Business Institute.

Sherrill, K. (May 2003). The equal access act and gay/straight clubs. Inquiry & Analysis, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.

Sherrill, K. (August 2002). Judicial review: The supreme court broadens the scope of drug testing in public schools. The State Education Standard, 3(4).

Sherrill, K., & McQueen, K. (Winter 2001). The high price of campaign promises: Ill-conceived labor responsibility policy, 30 PUB. CONTRACT L. J. 267.

Commeyras, M., Sherrill, K., & Wuenker, K. (1996). Trusting students’ questions about literature: Stories across contexts in LIVELY DISCUSSIONS! FOSTERING ENGAGED READING, Int’l Reading Ass’n Pub.

Presentations

Sherrill, K. (June 2004). May school districts require disclosure of an applicant’s social security number? Inquiry & Analysis, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.

In the News

Dr. Kelly Sherrill Linkous co-led two sessions on School Law and Policy at the 55th Annual Education Policy Fellowship Seminar in Washington, DC on March 15, 2019. Over 300 educational leaders, policy makers, superintendents, and educators from around the nation attended the sessions, which featured Dr. Sherrill Linkous, Mark Walsh (Education Week), and Dr. Cristobal Rodriguez (Howard University).

Dr. Kelly Sherrill Linkous was one of only seven GW faculty members nominated for the 2017-18 university-wide Honey Nashman Faculty Member of the Year Award. This is Dr. Sherrill Linkous’ 7th consecutive nomination (winner, 2015). Nominations go to faculty members who have significantly impacted the holistic development of students, thus causing a “spark” of inspiration.